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Highlights of this tour

Between Germany and Austria

Day of rest & exploration in Vienna

Around 200 km / 147 miles

Ships with max. 100 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Individual
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

Bike and Barge Danube: Passau – Vienna – Passau | Normandie and Arlene II | 2021: Prinzessin Katharina

Indulging in a bike tour along the German and Austrian stretch of the Danube is a true pleasure — and your floating hotel will be with you the entire way! The bike paths slope gently downhill, following the river banks through gorgeous little villages and verdant Danube landscapes. Soon you’ll find yourself admiring the wondrous “Great Loop” as you make a breathtaking 180º turn on the Danube and enter the realm of Wachau, with its old-world delights including monasteries, terraced vineyards, and fairytale castles.

And then, prepare yourself for Vienna! Although we could talk about its marvelous city hall, the iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the world’s oldest Ferris wheel (the Riesenrad), you really have to see it for yourself to understand the beauty. These and many more attractions are easily explored by bike, and when you need a break, drop into one of Vienna’s world-famous coffee houses for cake, comfort and carefree relaxation. Continue the culinary and cultural adventures as you see fit — perhaps stop by at the Vienna State Opera House or taste Wiener schnitzel with local wine in the bistros of its hometown.

The highlights of the tour: The Three-river City Passau, the Schlögener Schlinge or Great Loop, UNESCO World Heritage Site Wachau, baroque Linz, elegant and multifaceted Vienna.

2020: the Normandie tours start and end on Saturday and the Arlene II tours start and end on Sunday.
2021: the Prinzessin Katharina tours start and end on Saturday

Day to day program

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Please note:
2019: The tours with the Normandie and Arlene II start and end on Mondays.
2020: the Normandie tours start and end on Saturday and the Arlene II tours start and end on Sunday.

 

Day 1: Boarding in Passau | Passau to Engelhartszell

This historic city lies close to the Bavarian/Austrian border, and also goes by the name the City of Three Rivers. You’ll board between 4 and 5 p.m., the ship departs at approx. 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board as the ship sails on to Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Engelhartszell to Untermühl to “Great Loop” (approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Untermühl to Linz

For those still getting into holiday mode, Engelhartszell’s Trappist monastery has special cordials and liqueurs that can pep you up for the coming tour with their “special healing powers.” Following the river, you’ll pass through wonderful vistas and charming villages before having the chance to hop on a cozy ferry (€3) to marvel at the powerful 180° turn made by the Schlögener Schlinge river loop. It’s then time to board the ship at Untermühl, from which point you’ll cruise on to Linz, the capital of Upper Austria.

Day 3: Linz to Mauthausen | Mauthausen to Grein (approx. 36-42 km/21.6 mi.)

Enjoy breakfast during an early morning cruise to Mauthausen, where you’ll have the chance to visit the memorial site of the KZ Mauthausen concentration camp. Later downstream, the town of Mitterkirchen will give you a glimpse into Austria’s Celtic past, and then you’ll have the choice between an easy cycle tour or a more challenging one. The first follows a flat path along the Danube, while the “Clam Castle” tour snakes through the handsome Strudengau backcountry, tackling slightly hillier terrain but making up for it with excellent views. Either way, you’ll end the day in Grein, where you can feast your eyes on the Castle of Greinburg.

Day 4: Grein to Melk (approx. 50 km/30 mi.) | Melk to Tulln

The touring today will lead you through a wonderful variety of landscapes, starting with a return to the Strudengau, which is where the Danube River narrows to a treacherous body of water that was once the bane of river captains. The Danube valley starts to widen from Persenbeug onwards, and you’ll cycle on to Melk, which is overlooked by a baroque Benedictine Monastery which is also the resting place of Austria’s first ruling dynasty. Cruise on through the Wachau, taking in the sunset and dusk light with a refreshing drink in hand. Tonight your floating hotel will berth in Tulln, which is known for its market gardens and art scene — not the least because the Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born here.

Day 5: Tulln to Vienna-Nussdorf (potential for Korneuburg) (approx. 35 km/21 mi.)

Your highlight for today: Set in impressive scenery right on the footstep of Vienna, the Klosterneuburg Monastery. You’ll already spot its 900-year-old baroque silhouette from afar, its grand marble hall and lavishly-decorated interior will inspire awe, and the wine taverns of the Kahlenbergerdorf are also a must. Top it all off with a walk through the oldest vineyards in Austria, and an unbeatable perspective looking out over Vienna.

Day 6: Vienna-Nussdorf / Korneuburg (rest day) | Vienna to Dürnstein/Rossatz

Today you’ll have plenty of time to explore Vienna’s must-see attractions, like St. Stephens Cathedral, the Museum Quarter, and the Hofburg. You can opt to take an extra city bike tour (not included), or make your own way along the monumental Ringstraβe boulevard, stopping by the town hall, the State Opera House and Imperial Palace. Give your feet a rest in one of Vienna’s world-renowned coffee houses and seek out some apfelstrudel, apple strudel, before embarking for a night cruise to Dürnstein or Rossatz.

Day 7: Wachau to Pöchlarn (approx. 39 km/ 23.4 mi.) | Pöchlarn to Passau

We’ve saved the best for last! You can’t help but be enchanted as you bike through this scenic portmanteau of fruit trees, villages, vineyards and fortresses, with remnants of medieval history everywhere you look. The compact but romantic town of Dürnstein is overlooked by impressive ruins, which contrast with its famous blue monastery tower — a true icon of Wachau. Carrying on, guests will re-embark in Pöchlarn, just in time for a farewell cocktail and dinner.

Day 8: Disembarkation in Passau

All good things come to an end, but you’ll have one last time to relax on deck, enjoying the peaceful Danube dawn and the first light of day. Get another perspective of the Great Donau Loop as you make your way back to Passau.

Norrmandie/Prinzessin Katharina: arriving at approx. 10 a.m. A relaxed disembarkment follows half an hour later, with connecting trips recommended from noon on.

Arlene II: arriving at approx. 11 a.m. A relaxed disembarkment follows half an hour later, with connecting trips recommended from 1 p.m. on.

Good to know

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Please note:
2019: The tours with the Normandie and Arlene II start and end on Mondays.
2020: the Normandie tours start and end on Saturday and the Arlene II tours start and end on Sunday.

 

  • Cycle tours: The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. All cycle tours can be classified as being easy. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.
  • Please indicate your body height when you book
  • To bring your own bike: on request only – due to lack of space on sundeck.
  • Luggage: we recommend rain-wear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited
  • Smoking: the interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.
  • Routing/Program: basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges. Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.
  • Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six(6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
  • This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.  

 


Prices & information

Prices & availability

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Pricing overview - 2021
Cabin type For Season A Season B Season C
Twin cabin in front/astern* lower deck 2 pers. € 599 € 699 € 799 Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 699 € 799 € 899 Single cabin lower deck 1 pers. € 999 € 1099 € 1199 Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. € 899 € 999 € 1099 Triple cabin upper deck 3 pers. € 699 € 799 € 899 Single cabin upper deck 1 pers. € 1249 € 1349 € 1449
Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For Season A Season B Season C Season D
Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 659 € 789 € 869 € 909 Twin cabin upper deck astern* 2 pers. € 699 € 829 € 909 € 949 Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. € 809 € 939 € 1019 € 1059 Single cabin upper deck 1 pers. € 1109 € 1239 € 1319 € 1359 Suite upper deck (Arlene II) 2 pers. Not available Not available € 1239 € 1279
Included in this tour

7 nights in a cabin with shower/toilet and air-conditioning in the booked category

Program according to the description from/to Passau

Full meals: 7x breakfast-buffet, 6x lunch snack on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 6x 3-course-dinner

Bed linen and towels on board; daily cleaning of the cabin

Captains greeting and welcoming drink

Daily live music (not on Arlene II)

1x Information pack with route book per cabin

Daily bike tour instructions

GPS tracks

Board manager (does not cycle)

Port fees and tourist taxes

SGR guarantee scheme applicable

Tour operators are obliged by applicable Dutch and European law to secure customer received funds and payments in the event of their own insolvency or bankruptcy (in accordance with Section 513a of the Dutch Civil Code (Burgerlijk Wetboek) and EU Directive 2015/2302).

Boat Bike Tours (Chamber of Commerce register number 3714 7084) is a participant of SGR (Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden) and is registered under number 3.734. This registration can be checked on www.sgr.nl.

The participating tour operators are subject to the guarantee protection of the SGR insolvency guarantee system that is required by law in the Netherlands. Under SGR’s warranty, the prepaid travel sums will be reimbursed to the end user if the tour operator is financially unable to meet its contractual obligations. If the agreement includes transportation and the destination has already been reached, the return trip will be arranged.

Extended warranty policy during the Corona COVID-19 crisis:
“Corona Voucher” with SGR protection

 In the context of the exceptional circumstances resulting from the Corona COVID-19 crisis, all registered participants in SGR may issue so-called “Corona Vouchers” if the organizing tour operator is unable to carry out a tour due to official measures and other serious circumstances of force majeure, and therefore have to cancel the trip.

This means that a Corona voucher offered to the customer by Boat Bike Tours is accepted under the protection of the SGR guarantee system, and – for this reason – all payments and deposits made by a customer are and remain secured.

On March 16, 2020, the Board of Directors of the SGR adopted the following resolution:

  1. As of March 16, 2020, SGR will consider vouchers from tour operators participating in SGR as covered by SGR within the meaning of Article 3 of the SGR Guarantee System, subject to points 2 through 7 of this Decision.
  2. This cover only applies if the voucher fulfills the model voucher stipulated by SGR, and only for vouchers issued in the event of a cancellation of trips in connection with the inability to carry out the trip in connection with the occurrence of unavoidable and exceptional circumstances as a result of the Corona COVID-19 Virus and provided that the value of the voucher is clearly filled out and the voucher contains the name “Corona voucher”.
  3. The value of the voucher cannot be higher than the payment already made for the trip, which had to be canceled due to the Corona COVID-19 virus and for which the SGR guarantee originally applied.
  4. The voucher must contain an express validity period of a maximum of one (1) year after the date of issue.
  5. The voucher must state that the SGR guarantee system applies.
  6. This decision must be communicated on the SGR Website with a clear explanation of the particularities, timing and enforcement of Article 3 (10) (g) of the guarantee system for other vouchers and traveler checks.
  7. This decision regarding the right to issue of a special Corona voucher with a guarantee from SGR is temporary and expires on June 1, 2020, subject to the possibility for the Executive Board to extend this period after approval by the Supervisory Board.

This decision was approved by the SGR Board of Directors and is dated March 16, 2020.

Note: The above translations about SGR are not official SGR translations. SGR only communicates in Dutch and English. The Dutch text on the SGR guarantee system is generally binding.

Excluded in this tour

Transfers to/from the docking place in Passau

Rental bicycle or e-bike (optional)

Other transfers

Parking fee

Entrance fees & excursions

Drinks on board

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Additional options & information - 2021
  • Rental bicycle: € 75 per bike/week (hand- and pedal brake or hand brakes only (subject to availability, please indicate as non-binding customer request when booking)
  • Rental E-Bike: € 165 per bike/week (hand- and pedal brake or hand brakes only (subject to availability, please indicate as non-binding customer request when booking, limited, on request)
  • You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.
  • Travel safe: we recommend to wear a bike helmet (compulsory use for helmets: In Austria for children till 12 years). Onboard Selling: UVEX I-VO € 40 per helmet, limited number.

 

Parking in Passau:
– Parking space (fenced area) incl. transfer parking space – boat – parking space €68 per week
– Parking garage incl. transfer park garage – boat – park garage €79 per week.
– (registration form in the travel-documents, payable on site)

Minimum number of participants: 80 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: SE-Tours GmbH, Bremerhaven (D). The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. If the tour will not take place, all deposits/payments will be fully refunded.

Additional options & information - 2020
  • Rental bicycle: € 75 per bike/week
  • Rental E-Bike: € 165 per bike/week (limited, on request)
  • You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.
  • Travel safe: we recommend to wear a bike helmet (compulsory use for helmets: In Austria for children till 12 years). Onboard Selling: UVEX I-VO € 40.- per helmet, limited number.

 

Parking in Passau:
– Parking space (fenced area) incl. transfer parking space – boat – parking space €68 per week
– Parking garage incl. transfer park garage – boat – park garage €79 per week.
– (registration form in the travel-documents, payable on site)

Minimum number of participants: 50 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: SE-Tours GmbH, Bremerhaven (D). The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. If the tour will not take place, all deposits/payments will be fully refunded.

Travel during corona time

On our tours we make sure that you can travel safely! We follow all possible safety measures on board by observing hygiene rules, equipping staff with face masks and with extra cleaning and sufficient ventilation. All guests, crew and tour leaders complete a health declaration in advance, and during the trip we take care that everyone stays healthy!
For more information and the latest updates click here.


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Reviews

Danube: Passau – Vienna – Passau Rated 8.4 out of 10 based on 15 reviews
4 stars

Barbara Ann Pronck

Great company and crew. Food good, rides well planned. Only complaint would be lack of a on boat and inadequate ac in rooms.

4 stars

Tamara Searle

The boat that was my home for a week of boat/bike tour from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria, broke! The name of the boat that broke was called Arlene ll. So we had to hotel hop, pack and unpack our bag every day. It was hassle, stressful and made for a totally different trip. Our guide for the week was…

4 stars

Barbara Ann Pronck

Trip was great as far as food, crew, and the rides chosen. My only complaint would be the lack of air conditioning on the boat. It was way too hot on boat after being hot all day. The cabins were supposed to have a but it was totally inadequate.

5 stars

Craig Hughes

We had an excellent crew and tour guide. Attentive and friendly. Great accommodation, great food and great friends. The cruise and bike ride down the Danube from Passau to Vienna is very scenic.

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Available ships for this tour

Ship Normandie Danube
max. 100 passengers
51 cabins
2 tours available with this ship
Ship Arlene II Danube
max. 98 passengers
50 cabins
2 tours available with this ship
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Ship Prinzessin Katharina Danube
max. 140 passengers
71 cabins
2 tours available with this ship

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